Defy the Dark - Saundra Mitchell,  Malinda Lo,  Myra McEntire,  Sarah Ockler,  Jackson Pearce,  Dia Reeves,  Jon Skovron,  Courtney Summers,  Aprilynne Pike,  Beth Revis,  Carrie Ryan,  Rachel Hawkins,  Sarah Rees Brennan,  Tessa Gratton,  Christine Johnson,  Valerie Kemp Originally at:

DEFY THE DARK was one of my very anticipated reads of June, and I only hadn’t recommended it before because I wasn’t sure how you went about recommending an anthology. Here’s what I concluded, though:

Read it.


DFD was an amazing collection of short stories from an even better line-up of authors. I can honestly say I read them all in one night and loved them. That’s not to say that I didn’t have my favorites oh i did and so I’ll use them to tell you why you should definitely read this.

So, my Four Favs:

Night Swimming by Beth Revis: I cried tears of blood reading this. It takes place in the world of ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, on the generational ship Godspeed, and basically took my heart out for a nice little walk and then stepped on it. I won’t spoil anything but it tells the story from an ambiguous POV and half the fun was figuring out who it was. (The other half was getting your emotions toyed with, of course.)

I Gave You My Love by the Light of the Moon by Sarah Rees Brennan: Or, as I like to refer to it, IGYMLbtLotM. no, i don’t really refer to it like that Oh, SRB does it again, what’s new? This was the first short story of the anthology I read and it was fantabulous. How anyone can pack so much character development in so few pages will always be a mystery to me. Vampires? Werewolves? Tropes standing of their heads? Yes, please.

Stillwater by Valerie Kemp: I’d never read Valerie Kemp before, but when I turned my electronic page and saw that the story was over I was horrified. I literary just sat them going wat. The short story was just unf. Mind-bending and beautiful and mysterious and engaging. Is there more to this? Because I kind of need a whole book out of it now.

Naughty or Nice by Myra McEntire: McEntire is another author I’d never read, but I loved loved this short story. I think out of all the stories, I might have connected with her characters the most. And the mythology behind it was fascinating. Props for flawless dialogue as well, it had me laughing and clutching my iPad for longer than was altogether normal.

And these are just some of the stories that I loved. Like I said, DEFY THE DARK is amazing—hands down the best anthology I’ve read so far.